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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
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Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
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Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Little Ones, The
Morning Tide
Chop Shop

Rating: 6/10 ?


September 12, 2008
Before returning to the US next month, Los Angeles-based indie-pop quintet The Little Ones are currently touring Europe in support of their debut, Morning Tide, riding the momentum of a great deal of praise from the album's European release. Packed full with sing-a-long, chorus based tunes, and with no glaringly weak links, the band's fun-filled, joyful sound has found more than its share of followers overseas.

The band appears to have hit upon the perfect formula for a pop anthem, taking the long way around with plenty of catchy riffs, added tambourines and hand-claps. Upbeat vocals and anthemic choruses are piled atop the jingles, further aiming to please.

Musically, however, Morning Tide is simple, and as it unfolds the songs comfortably begin to merge into one upbeat tune. "Waltz," a ballad, was presumably placed in the middle of the otherwise upbeat album to break the pattern, but in fact only serves to signal the fivesome's weakness. The track is dreary and slow, and exposes front man Edward Reyes' vocals in a dull light that is not as obvious on other songs.

The album contains one other ballad, the closing "Farm Song." Suggesting that not all hope is lost for the band's slower inclinations, the final song is, surprisingly, the highlight of Morning Tide. It is a calm, beautiful, guitar-led tune that brings a fast-paced album to an almost perfect ending.

Despite its faults, Morning Tide will no doubt satisfy fans of crafty pop and have them dancing and singing. A collection of summer anthems which will last way beyond the end of the sunshine, the album doesn't require much emotional investment on the part of the listener, but does fit the mold for fun, no-nonsense pop.

Reviewed by Kelda Manley
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